The current members of Thin Lizzy continuing the legacy of the band after the legend Phil Lynott through many line-ups and tour, decided to do an album but with different name. Hence, Black Star Riders with this stunning classic rock album All Hell Breaks Loose.
Thin Lizzy is no Thin Lizzy without Phil Lynott. Here, Scott Gorham on guitar is the only remaining and long term band member who has worked with Phil. Ricky Warwick on vocal, Damon Johnson on guitar and Marco Mendoza on bass (not to be confused with Marc 'The Animal' Mendoza of Twisted Sister), they all joined long after Phil. Brian Downey, the only original member along with Phil until the last stand, didn't stay with Black Star Riders and Jimmy DeGrasso replaced him on drums. So, that's Black Star Riders, a new band or Thin Lizzy reincarnated or evolved and Kevin Shirley, who has worked on great albums with Aerosmith, Journey, Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, etc., producing the debut album.
When I discovered Thin Lizzy in the late 80's, Phil Lynott had already left us. That was 'Live Life' the double cassette, my first Lizzy album. I still listen to their music wishing Phil was still alive. Bound For Glory, typical Lizzy style track chosen by band members for airplay, is resemblance to Boys Are Back In Town and/or Waiting For An Alibi. When I close my eyes, I can hear Phil in Ricky Warwick's voice. Ricky is a marvellous singer. Even Gary Moore can be felt as in the celtic style number 'Kingdom Of The Lost' which reminds me of Wild Frontier. From top to bottom the album just rocks, rocks and rocks. Other of my favourites are self-titled opener, Bloodshot, Kissin' The Ground, Hoodoo Voodoo and Valley Of The Stones. It's playing more growing rapidly. Hey Judas is my personal favourite. The name may sound like anti-christ but it's not. It's about Jesus still loving Judas even after what he did.
The special edition disc comes in a beautiful silver booklet consisting of pages full of lyrics, production info and stunning photographs of the band. On the left pouch goes audio CD with one bonus track making it 12 in total and on the right pouch goes DVD containing one hour long making of the album mostly interviews. On the package it says, 'Songs that could slip onto a Thin Lizzy album and stand shoulder to shoulder with almost anything there' by Classic Rock. I could not agree more.
All Hell Breaks Loose is one of the best rock albums I am listening to these recent days. Others being Now What?! by Deep Purple, The Way Life Goes by Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Unstoppable Momentum by Joe Satriani to name a few.
Thin Lizzy rocks! So does Black Star Riders! Rock 'N' Roll \,,/,
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